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The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host a world-class act of music, dance and Cirque-du- Soleil-style oddities, Cirque Musica, on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Cirque Musica is a new type of performance based in Dallas, blending elements of a classical symphony, pop music and circus performances.
Cirque Musica has promised to “take audiences on a journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty and of mystery,” according to the act’s offical website.
The European mystique that has become popular with acts like Cirque du Soleil should be present in this act, as well.
The creative team behind this show, which is full of edge-of-your-seat thrills and death-defying stunts, features serious talent and includes music director and conductor Christopher Walls, a native of Dallas, who said he is thrilled to be involved in the nationwide tour of Cirque Musica.
The young conductor said he wants to make classical music fun and exciting to listen to, according to an interview for Dallasnews.com.
“I want to show kids and families that classical music can be fun and exciting, that it doesn’t have to be sit-on-your-hands-and-clap-when-you’re-supposed-to,” Walls said.
The show isn’t limited to standard classical fare like Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” however. The show includes standard pop songs and new works composed by Debbie Gibson, who was very popular and influential in the late 1980s with her albums “Out of the Blue” and “Electric Youth.”
The performance will also feature David Larible, a member of a traditional, European circus family and a classically trained opera singer.
He has been a professional stage performer almost since he could walk, and his family has worked with major Italian and other European circuses that include Medrano, Tower Circus e Teatro Carre and Bouglione.
He is a clown of the highest order, having toured with the most famous and important live circus show in the United States, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. It was there that he earned the moniker “The Clown of Clowns,” one he still uses today.
Certain members of the community are involved with the show as well, as people in the IUP student body, including performers in the IUP Symphony Orchestra, have been asked to perform the music for the show.
A production with such famous and talented names associated with it should, by all rights, be performing in much more populated areas like Los Angeles, New York or Boston.
From “The Clown of Clowns” to a former pop music queen, the show offers a new, tasty blend of several different disciplines that are packed into one amazing experience that is open to the public and welcomes patrons of all ages.
This production is aimed at fans of all types of music, from pop to classical, and any fan of not just the circus but a journey into a world of circus performing previously unexperienced by anyone prior to the summer of 2013.